Sustainability and Ethics
Gillian June believes in leaving the planet in a better state than when we found it.
Our commitment to this, both socially and environmentally involves 3 promises.
To Our Team
Gillian June promises that the working environment of everyone involved in the production of our garments will be safe and fair.
This is easy for Tier 1 (people working directly for Gillian June). We operate in London, working mainly with freelance tailors, pressers and finishers who choose where, how and when they work. Freelancers set their own fees and wages - and we make sure these are in accordance with a London Living Wage.
Tier 2 of our supply chain consists of our suppliers and manufacturers. To ensure this less visible area of our chain is operating with the same intentions as us, we only work with mills and factories which have the same ethos. The facilities which produced our block print and manufactured our SS18 collection are both WFTO. The mill which wove the linen is based in Northern Ireland, meaning it operates in accordance with EU and UK labour laws.
Tier 3 is the hardest to monitor. This is any company which produces raw materials for Tier 2. By working with businesses like Baird McNutt and Harrisons of Edinburgh, we pay a little more for the fabrics but we know that they purchase their yarns from safe and reputable farms.
To Our Planet
We have all heard the statistics about the Fashion Industry being the second dirtiest operator after Oil. We have no intention of contributing to that.
We take great pride in using cutting edge materials like Tencel, which is produced in a close loop process; natural fibres like Linen, which requires less water and leaves soil in a better condition than cotton; and upcycled or vintage pieces.
Anything we purchase in lengths of 10m or more undergoes rigorous research to ascertain its footprint. We research mills, sources and fabrics. Only natural, biodegradable materials make the cut.
But we also believe in the reincarnation of fabrics. Many of our jackets include upcycled, surplus, reclaimed and vintage pieces. This could be anything from a pair of velvet curtains, washed and dyed to trimmings like buttons and zips cut off a perished item. It is impossible to trace the provenance of these items but we feel that is it better to make use of it than allow it to end up in landfill. For this same reason we use surplus or end of roll materials discarded by other designers. It is possible that some of this is synthetic but it is made very clear on each product where these have been used.
One of the most wasteful parts of clothing manufacturing is the cutting. For most brands up to 16% of fabric is wasted at this stage. Not us. We salvage even the smallest remnants and use them for our Zero Waste collection. With a little imagination and patience, we have developed patterns which require very small pattern pieces, like accessories and baby clothes. These minute puzzles allow us to use up to 95% of our fabric.
To Our Customer
Sustainability is hugely important but there is no point in creating a sustainable product if no one likes it.
Our ethics will never compromise our designs. In fact we believe the extra attention to detail enhances them.
Ethical fashion has long been synonymous with shapeless hemp and sludge green. But we firmly believe that Gillian June can change that perception through our beautiful, tailored garments.
This truly is Sustainable Fashion made Stylish.